They’re the best Anime that 1991 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Moero! Top Striker, Kinnikuman: Kinnikusei Oui Soudatsu-hen, Honoo no Toukyuuji: Dodge Danpei, and more!
4: Moero! Top Striker
English: Top Striker
Japanese: 燃えろ! トップストライカー
MAL Score: 6.69
Hikaru Kicker is a 13-year-old boy who loves football. He has grown up playing with a football at all times ever since his father’s friend gave him one when he was still only a baby.
Hikaru goes to Italy to learn the sport. He first joins a strong team at Genova, but soon quits this team to join an extremely weak team named “Columbus” with his female friend Anna.
Experiencing many hardships and difficulties, their team gradually becomes stronger and stronger, and finally they defeat Margerita, one of the strongest soccer teams in Genova.
Soon Hikaru hears that Genova will stage its first soccer tournament. Throughout the tournament, Hikaru and his teammates confront many rivals and develop increasing maturity.
Can Hikaru score a goal and which team will win the championship?
(Source: Nippon Animation)
3: Kinnikuman: Kinnikusei Oui Soudatsu-hen
Japanese: キン肉マン キン肉星王位争奪編
MAL Score: 6.73
Kinnikuman has proven himself worthy to be crowned the next king of Planet Kinniku. But at the ceremony, five other Kinnikuman’s arrive, all claiming to be the true prince of Planet Kinniku. Now, a Royal Survivor Tournament is being held to decide the true successor to the throne, and with the help and support of his friends and with his recently acquired knowledge of the Ultimate Technique (The Muscle Spark), Kinnikuman fights for what is rightfully his.
The dramatic moments will make your heart heavy and the fight scenes are violent and the attacks performed are so out of this world that it would be impossible to try to pull off in real life.
and as silly as this sounds, it seems that this anime does a better job of talking about friendship and teamwork ALOT better than any other 4Kids dubbed anime
bottom line, REALLY good anime.
2: Honoo no Toukyuuji: Dodge Danpei
Japanese: 炎の闘球児 ドッジ弾平
MAL Score: 7.26
Danpei Ichihgeki is the son of Daijurou Ichigeki, a great dodgeball player. As his father, Danpei gives all he has for this game and so it shows in every match.
i watched this anime several times and now i’m willing to give it a deserved review.
First of all,
Story: it’s a sport anime, so anyway shouldn’t expect a mind-blowing story of some sort. Danpei Ichigeki, a red-flame-haired 12 years old boy who inherited from his dead father the love and talent of Dodgeball game. he dreaming to become the biggest star of the Dodgeball sport. with the help and support of his mother and friends.
The Anime aired in the early 90’s, but the art, drawing and animations all looks so 80’s. and i’m completely loving it. how the city, skies, beach, stadiums drawn are all so beautiful and giving the right view. i watched many 70’s, 80’s and 90’s anime, i do admit the love the style of these eras more than the modern ones.
if something made me in lust of this anime is the BGM of it. no seriously, it has one of best anime soundtracks i ever heard (followed by G Gundam and Grendizer ones)
i usually spend my days humming its music, its OP and ED all the time.
i would pay loads to buy its BGM disc, but unfortunately it’s never released -_-
i love the idea of each character has his own theme, whenever a one make an epic entrance or doing the signature shoot, an exciting, intense, music plays on.
The OP song is my number 1 favorite anime song.
The ED song, is silly in lyrics and nice to listen without caring for the meanings.
This anime is loaded and filled with close-to-heart characters, you might end up loving the entire cast. there are soooo many varied characters, each character has his/her unique interesting characteristics and each has some interests to look on.
Arashi, Ricki , and many others are so cool to see everyday.
Did i say that this anime has one of best characters designs ever ?
Yes, i enjoyed it totally. the Dodgeball matches, the fast-paceness, the Voice Acting (Arabic) , the music with each character, the character developments, story progresses, and everything in this one i enjoyed it deeply. i still watch it to this day, everyday picking few episodes to rewatch and no boredom yet recorded.
only the first few episodes, where it was just showing Danpei getting into the Dodgeball sport. they feel like more childish and silly. might turn off some viewers quickly tho.
and the last episode, felt extremely rushed , a bit of disappointment to me.
but it’s because the manga wasn’t catched up to the anime, the manga ended 2-3 years after the anime, making it have the complete the story instead.
Thank you for time reading my humble review 🙂 .
1: Future GPX Cyber Formula
MAL Score: 7.33
14-year-old Kazami Hayato is the youngest driver of Cyber Formula, a Grand Prix in which each vehicle is equipped with computers to aid in racing. With the help of Asurada, the most advanced cybernavigation system, and team Sugo, Hayato races to become the winner of the 10th Cyber Formula Grand Prix. Along the way, Hayato will have to learn what it truly means to be a racer and that victory cannot be achieved simply by driving the best machine. In addition, Kazami will have to gain the respect of the veteran racers, thwart those who attempt to steal Asurada, and participate in races outside of Cyber Formula.
In a nut shell, Cyber Formula is about car racing (Grand Prix), but there’s a catch. It takes place in a near future, where the technology is more advanced. All cars are equiped with a computer system that aids the racer in many ways such as giving advice and tips, detecting dangers ahead, and basically fulfilling drivers’ wishes. The computers understand human languages and can somewhat intereact with people.
This TV series was first aired in 1991, so it’s considered as an old school anime I guess.
It is 2015. Kazami Hayato, a 14 year old boy gets involved in an unexpected event that eventually leads him to becoming a driver in Cyber Formula Grand Prix. Racing cars are equipped with advanced computer navigation system that can interact with its driver to aid and fulfil driver’s needs. With “Asurada” a racing machine that was created by his father, Hayato and his team take on the world’s best drivers in order to become the youngest champion in the history of Grand Prix.
In a sense, it has a story of typical sport anime. A main character tries to become the best at what he does, in this case it’s car racing. You will definitely see a lot of car racings in this anime. What makes racing unique in this anime is that each round takes place in different parts of the world with many different and difficult obstacles that racers have to face. It’s not your typical “just go around in circle” car racing. This series also shows us what kind of hardships and challenges that racers face while striving forward to their goals. What makes Cyber Formula shine are all the intense dramas that take place, complimented by some timely humour and heart warming moments.
Well, it’s an old TV series and considering when it came out, it’s not too bad. There are some inconsistencies in that some scenes are flat coloured (one tone) while some scenes have shadings (two tones), but it didn’t bother me too much, maybe because I’m used to a lot of the old school anime series. Character designs are quite nice looking and I felt that the designs suit the personalities very well. The highlights of this anime are the racing machines, designed by one of my favourite artists, Shoji Kawamori. The racing machines look very unique, but believable, which is always important to me. Oh, did I mention they have boosters?
I really loved the soundtracks in the anime. They do have that 90’s nostalgic feel to them, which I enjoy a lot. Intense moments, sad moments, heart warming moments… They are all complimented well by great music (rock music is quite prominent). OP and ED songs are great. I’ve been listening to them since over a decade ago and I still enjoy them to this date. Finally, voice acting isn’t flawless, but it’s very solid as expected like most other anime. I think they found right voices for all the characters.
No story is great without good characters and Cyber Formula has them all. There are some characters who are just like us, who we can relate to. Then there are characters with unique personalities, which strengthens the enjoyment of the show. Another charm to this anime is character developments, mostly the drivers who face obstacles and hardships that they’ve never faced before. I could personally feel for them and sometimes I found myself really rooting for someone who I didn’t think I’d be rooting for before.
I’m not a racing fan and I don’t watch racing. However, Cyber Formula really takes it to the next level not only because it is futuristic, but you can see all the dramas that take place during races (unlike TV broadcasts). I think this anime has great replay value.
I remember when I was a little kid, I’d come home from school and was hardly able to wait for Cyber Formula to play on TV. Not only can kids enjoy this, but I think many grown ups will still find this series quite entertaining. If you can get over the fact that this is an older anime, you will be hooked (especially for sports/mecha fans). There are OVAs, which are sequels to the TV series. They have more mature feel to it, along with skyrocketed art quality!
As I have a special nostalgic attachment to this series, I’d personally give this an overall score of 10. However I know I’m little biased and just objectively speaking, I’d give a solid 8. It’s a fun, unique anime that’s filled with excitement and heartwarming moments. So if you have some time, give this anime a shot!
Never heard of this show until I saw an Artize Music video with footage from one of the OVAs. Found the entire series with English subs and I went to town! Very fun series that feels grounded in how they take physics and engineering then exaggerate it for special moves.
The fact that the legendary Shoji Kawamori was the mecha designer explains how gorgeous the Cyber Formula cars look even after 15 years.
Without spoiling too much, the main characters and racers are a joy to watch. Even though mostly five racers have the most characterization, the show never feels bogged down when it comes to drama. Since it’s a 90s show, lots of old tropes especially in regards to childhood romance or rivalry are here.
The races themselves are surprisingly tense but also believable enough that you don’t feel cheated by the results. The filler episodes that allow Hayato to display his and Asurada’s skills or tools aren’t that engaging but, since this was aimed at kids, I can forgive it.
All in all I was very glad to watch this series. I look forward to the OVA series and I’m glad to have found a simple and fun racing anime.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Future GPX Cyber Formula
2. Honoo no Toukyuuji: Dodge Danpei
3. Kinnikuman: Kinnikusei Oui Soudatsu-hen
4. Moero! Top Striker